Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 33149
(305) 361-5811
8am to sunset

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This state park is one of the best birding sites in the state and boasts a bird checklist of over 260 species. The park occupies the southern tip of Key Biscayne and is a critical stopover point for migratory birds in the spring and fall. Over 30 species of wood-warbler have been recorded in the park during migration including many sought after species such as Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Cerulean and Swainson’s. In summer, Gray Kingbirds breed here and Magnificent Frigatebirds soar overhead. In winter, shorebirds like Wilson’s Plovers ply the beachfront. Like many other urban oases in Miam-Dade County this park has attracted many rarities including Red-footed Booby, Great Cormorant, Ruddy Quail-Dove (1st and only state record), Key West Quail-Dove, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Mockingbird, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Bananaquit, Black-faced Grassquit, and Western Spindalis. Beachgoers can be plentiful on weekends in sunny weather, but the nature trails are relatively untraveled. Visitors to the park can also take part in the Wings Over Florida butterfly program; park ranger led butterfly walks take place every Saturday (call ahead for details).

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